The Fiddler’s Fakebook

What is a “fakebook”?  It is a book of tunes that has chord names above the tune and lyrics.  The player uses the chord names to improvise, or “fake” an accompaniment to the melody. ” The Fiddler’s Fakebook” contains nearly 500 fiddle tunes from all the major fiddling traditions.  The fiddler can learn the basic tune , then improvise on it.  Chord names are included for each tune, so a banjo, guitar, or mandolin player can strum along.  “La Bastringue” is a French Canadian fiddle tune that is also a folk dance tune.  “Mississippi Sawyer” is from the old-time tradition.  “The King of the Fairies”  has Irish roots.  “The Iron Man” is from Scotland, and can be danced to as a strathspey.   “Georgiana Moon” is a bluegrass tune.  A double nod is given to Central Ohio.  “Camp Chase” is named for the Union prison camp of the Civil War era.  The cemetery of Camp Chase is on the West side of Columbus, OH.  “Big Scioty” is named for the Scioto River, which runs through Columbus, OH, and eventually empties into the Ohio River.  There are plenty of tunes for a jam session in this collection of sheet music! For more fiddle tune collections, call us at 1-800-42-MUSIC, email us at, or visit our website at Shop Stanton’s for all your sheet music needs!


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